What we found today at the creationist blog of the Discoveroids is so far beyond anything we’ve ever encountered there before that … well, their title says it all: Chemistry Nobel Prize Based on Design Inference. It has no author’s byline. A few excerpts will give you the general idea, and we don’t need to add any bold font:
This month’s announcement of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry should cause design advocates to celebrate. We have just seen the biggest prize for science go to three biologists who made a design inference about genetic information. Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, and Aziz Sancar shared the prestigious honor for their work on DNA repair mechanisms.
Aaaargh!! Here, by the way, here is the Nobel Foundation’s press release about the prize. Two more excerpts from the Discoveroids’ post should be sufficient:
Of course, intelligent design was never mentioned in the Nobel Committee’s announcement, either the popular version or the scientific version. We know also that the committee assumes that the repair mechanisms came about by a Darwinian process. In all likelihood, the winners are evolutionists, too. But think about it; their work was about information quality control … .
It’s not necessary to use the phrase “intelligent design” to recognize it in action. Nor is it necessary to know the personal beliefs of the Nobel laureates. They made a design inference; that’s what counts. Quality control, information monitoring, error correction systems — these are phrases rich with design concepts.
We’re glad that three intelligent scientists, Lindahl, Modrich and Sancar, received the world’s highest scientific honors for uncovering “a molecular system that constantly counteracts DNA collapse” by what can fairly be called intelligent design. Whether or not anyone in fact calls it ID, the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry reflects the validity and fruitfulness of the design inference for top-flight scientific research.
Words fail us, and that rarely happens to your Curmudgeon. We’ve seen the Discoveroids claim that their “theory” is in use in a number of scientific fields, but never have they been this outrageous. Their new post is so far beyond anything they’ve done before that we were going to ignore it because we couldn’t think of anything to say — but then, suddenly, we finally understood what’s going on.
What we’re seeing here is a very primitive theology — much like Zoroastrianism. Wikipedia says:
Zoroastrianism or Mazdaism is one of the world’s oldest religions, “combining a cosmogonic dualism and eschatological monotheism in a manner unique… among the major religions of the world.” Ascribed to the teachings of the prophet Zoroaster, its Supreme Being is Ahura Mazda. For a thousand years, forms of Zoroastrianism (including a Mithraic Median prototype and Zurvanist Sassanid successor) were the world’s most powerful religion, serving as the state religion of the pre-Islamic Iranian empires from around 600 BCE to 650 CE. … Leading characteristics, such as messianism, the Golden Rule, heaven and hell, and free will influenced other religious systems, including Second Temple Judaism, Gnosticism, Christianity, and Islam.
According to the Zoroastrian story of creation, Ahura Mazda existed in light in goodness above, while Angra Mainyu existed in darkness and ignorance below. They have existed independently of each other for all time, and manifest contrary substances. … While Ahura Mazda created the universe and humankind, Angra Mainyu, whose instinct is to destroy, miscreated demons, evil yazads, and noxious creatures (khrafstar) such as snakes, ants, and flies. Angra Mainyu created an opposite, evil being for each good being, except for humans, which he found he could not match.
That’s the general idea — good and evil are two opposing forces. The Discoveroids have obviously embraced this ancient worldview. To them, all that is good was created by their intelligent designer — blessed be he! — who fine tuned the universe for life. Their perception of good and evil is the principle of their imaginary design filter. Evil is manifest in unplanned, random, chaotic, and purely materialistic phenomena. Given such a mindset, Darwin’s concept of evolution is clearly an example of evil.
Your Curmudgeon is delighted. At last we understand the Discoveroids. They’re a neo Zoroastrian cult.
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